9 Summer Parenting Hacks that are Brilliant!

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Summer is fun, but it can also be stressful. However, there’s no need to count the hours to bedtime with these Summer Parenting Hacks that are brilliant and  that will make summer with your kids a fun time for all.

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9 Summer Parenting Hacks that are Brilliant!

Summer break is here, and I have gathered up some of the best parenting hacks for summer! Don’t let summer be a stressful time, enjoy it and have fun creating memories that will last a lifetime! Long, sunny summer days are ahead, and life’s too short to be  counting down  till bedtime! Keep your kids busy with fun activities, and don’t stress! Make sure your kids and you are ready to tackle this summer head on!

Below you will find a variety of tips, tricks and solutions to rid yourself of stress and feel more carefree about your summer days with the kids!  You will have a wonderful summer by implementing these tips and tricks, and your kids might not constantly say how bored they are.

Carefree Summer Day Hacks For Parents

Snack Station/Bin

Create a snack station or bin that has designated snacks that your kids can easily grab on their own. You can place a plastic bin in the fridge for perishables and one in the pantry or counter. These snacks can be whatever you are okay with your child grabbing. Yogurt, string cheese, fruit cups, freeze dried fruits, pre-popped popcorn, crackers, cookies, etc. It will save you running to the kitchen scrounging up snacks. They know the snacks they can have, and it will save you some time! You also won’t hear, what can I eat, multiple times a day! They know where the snacks are, and those are their choices.

Boredom Jar

You can create a jar if your child says they are board, they can go pick out a task for them to do. This could be read a book, go outside and play, go look for bugs outside, or any task you want to write. You can write them on a piece of paper, and when your child says they are bored they have to do whatever is on the paper. It is a great way to break them of saying how bored they are, and it gives them something to do. Now, you can even have your kids help you decide what to write on them!

Magnets On Cups

Here is a great idea, if you have some plastic cups, add some magnets to the cup, and stick them on the fridge. Than your child will find their drink, can get water and drink, keeping them hydrated on those hot summer days. This is more for older kids, who won’t spill.

Travel With Activities

Make sure if you take any road trips that you have fun toys for your kids to stay entertained. You can use old baby wipe containers to pack fun toys for your child to play with in the car while on the road. Or you can download a new game on their tablet, or rent a new movie they haven’t seen. These are all ways to help keep them entertained as you travel!

Snacks on The Go

Also, if you are traveling, make sure to pack snacks. I know I get hangry if I don’t get food when my tummy starts to growl. Gather up single serve snacks that are good for on the go. Than when your child is hungry you won’t have to wait till you arrive at a gas station. Dried fruit, crackers, string cheese, cookies, are all easy and portable snacks. Take a cooler pack for the cheese and store at arms reach.

Plan Days Out

Plan ahead for fun things for you and your family to do this summer. Maybe you love going to the beach, so plan out some days, and write them on the calendar. You can do small things like visit the library, or a museum, go the the park, splashpad, etc. That way if your child is old enough to read they can see that tomorrow is an activity day, and they get to go out. It can help break up the staying at home everyday.

Activities On Hand

If your child likes to do crafts, hit up Pinterest for some fun crafts for your kids to do. Or have things set up outside for them to play in the water, have a lemonade stand, or anything that they are interested in. Just staying on top of things and giving them options makes for easier days.

Play with Friends or Neighbors

Make sure to utilize play dates with friends or neighbors. Giving your child a friend to play with will help eliminate boredom and run off some of their energy! You can rotate who’s house they will play at that day! Even slumber parties can be a fun way to break up the day.

Bucket List

Create a bucket list for the family or each child. These can be simple activities for your child to mark off their list this summer. Going to a drive in movie, visiting a zoo, looking for bugs outside, playing in the water, eating snow cones, etc. It will give them something to look forward to!


If your kids will be playing in the sandbox, keep the bugs away by adding 1 cup of Cinnamon to it. Cinnamon is a natural bug repellant and they hate it so adding it to the sandbox will keep ants away and keep it bug free.

Summer Parenting Hacks

Looking for some fun Summer Crafts? Check out this fun round up of  Toilet Paper roll crafts or some fun Backyard Experiments.


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  • Reply Janine Beauchemin

    I love being organized when planning fun activities. Thanks for sharing.

    June 15, 2017 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    I love making memories with the family. Children can get so bored over summer vacation. These are some great suggestions. Thank you for sharing

    June 14, 2017 at 7:05 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    I love the idea of a boredom jar. The kids will enjoy helping write the “tasks'”

    June 14, 2017 at 2:49 am
  • Reply Wendy

    Thank you for the reminder that a little planning makes a huge difference. Love the idea of the calendar reminders – for mom & kids. It is very easy to have “great plans”, but with it on the calendar, it is much more likely to be a reality. ?

    June 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    The calendar idea is a good one so kids can see what’s happening when. I’m a big fan of using the library at least once a week.

    June 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Ronald Gagnon

    What an informative way to deal with children and summer and not get overly stressed …I especially like the snack bin idea and the boredom jar!

    June 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Calvin F.

    Quite the list, very nice tips to occupy the little ones.

    June 13, 2017 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Yoko

    I love these ideas! Not new concepts but a great reminder to actually implement some of these! I’m going to try the boredom jar and bucket list this year!

    June 13, 2017 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Dandi D

    We are always so busy in the summer, so it’s good to remember to take time to do some fun activities with the children!

    June 13, 2017 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    I’m trying to plan as many days out of the house as I can!! The oldest kiddo has lots of camps to go to, but keeping the 3 year old busy and not fussing is hard! I need to try the summer bucket list and the boredom jar!! We are planning lots of library trips, beach days, pool fun, and sprinkler time so far…

    June 12, 2017 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Hollie Baker

    We are tye dying shirts for the first time! Super fun. Always looking for fun things to do.

    June 12, 2017 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Britni P.

    The boredom jar is a wonderful idea! My daughter is 5 and I hear “I’m bored” wayyyyy more than I’d like to lol

    June 12, 2017 at 5:17 pm
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